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A study by the Malaysian In­sti­tute of Road Safety Re­search (Miros) re­vealed that more than 43 per cent of Malaysian driv­ers use their mo­bile phones while driv­ing.

What do you think of this shock­ing statis­tic?

I don’t find this shock­ing. Us­ing mo­bile phone while driv­ing has be­come ac­cepted as the norm. Just look around you when you’re driv­ing. Some driv­ers have their phones prac­ti­cally glued to one hand!


I’m guilty of it my­self, es­pe­cially when stuck in traf­fic. I would use my phone GPS. Most of us can’t avoid that. I’m sure taxi and ride-hail­ing car driv­ers are very de­pen­dent on their phones. What’s the so­lu­tion? Hands-free kit can keep your hands free, but it doesn’t keep your mind from be­ing dis­tracted.


Now that we know the statis­tics, can we fo­cus on the next im­por­tant point — what are we go­ing to do about it? Ob­vi­ously is­su­ing the of­fend­ers sum­mons is not cut­ting it any­more. The au­thor­i­ties should mete out harsher penal­ties.


My only sur­prise is that the num­ber is not higher. I see it all the time when I’m on the road. There should be bet­ter en­force­ment to stop this men­ace.


So in other words, al­most half of Malaysian driv­ers are know­ingly putting their lives and the lives of other road users in dan­ger.

This is un­ac­cept­able. What mea­sures are in place to stop this dan­ger­ous be­hav­iour?


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